I like a project. If I don’t have a project, I get snippy and bored, which in turn irritates everyone around me. So, during a routine visit to Homebase on Saturday, I blithely suggested to Lee (as we bemoaned the lack of space in our house) that we could convert the garage. To my utter shock, he agreed without even skipping a beat! Now, we have never done anything like this before (the longest we have ever owned a house before this one was 3 years) so it’s completely foreign territory to us. We have talked through some ideas, drawn plans on scraps of paper (well, mine were on scraps, Lee’s were scale drawings on graph paper) and already know the colour scheme (that one might be just me)… but we have yet to get any estimates, or find a builder.
The plan is:
Knock down the wall between kitchen and dining room
Move kitchen/garage wall back about 3 feet
Relocate downstairs loo
Convert garage into a usable living space (kids playroom/guest bedroom), replacing garage door with window etc
If all goes according to plan we should go from this:
So, my plea to you is to help me work out how we know who to employ? If any of you have converted a garage before, can you give me an inkling as to how much we should expect to pay? Obviously we’d need a new kitchen fitted, but would keep some of the same appliances (washing machine and dishwasher) but have them rehoused, and keep the same cloakroom furniture too.
All tips would be greatly appreciated!
It’s all a bit scary really… eek!